Schools are not like businesses (and what governors can do to protect them for learning)

In November 2014, school governors across England received news about a new campaign, ‘Make Schools Your Business’, to place more people with business skills on governing bodies. It is one of a number of campaigns being run by the government and nongovernmental organisations to promote the idea that people with a variety of knowledge and skills should be helping schools work. Head teachers and governors around the country, under pressure from the government to demonstrate that their schools are successful, are paying attention to campaigns like this. But this campaign is one part of a larger project of corporate school reform that is shaping what education means and does. Read this essay to learn more about its wider context and implications, for thoughts on some alternative approaches to governance, and ideas for how governors can encourage its democratisation. Schools Our Business

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